PopimsCode is the industry's first set of solutions for consumers and businesses providing anyone the ability to quickly and conveniently verify the authenticity of products and documents.
The PopimsCode components
All our devices comprise a Signature, an Identifier (e.g. a barcode or a string), and a "Marker".
PopimsCode proposes five major technologies, all compatible with the PopimsCode Application.
This is our most innovative and most powerful technology, protected by our main patent.
Each signature is absolutely unique, in three dimensions.
A varnish or an ink contains shining flakes that are randomly arranged during the printing process;
A varnish or an ink contains randomly distributed particles, or any other agent to get a random shaped surface resulting in a specific reflection of the smartphone flash;
One exploits the original shape of the surface, or cause its deformation by micro-sandblasting (appropriate for high temperatures and other severe conditions).
There is absolutely no available technology that would enable a counterfeiter duplicating a signature or producing voluntarily one that would match with a recorded signature value, which is not the case for markings produced with any other technology listed below, that can all be reproduced in series by an HD converter (printing with a resolution higher than 10 000 DPI) in order to deceive a smartphone.
One new technique called Popims 3DShiningFrost™, protected by a specific patent application, produces random shining shapes with two layers of varnishes. A first varnish having a very low surface tension is applied, like those used to print a frost effect on bottles for example. This layer is then covered with a very glossy varnish. On the verso, it produces small irregular convex mirrors, while on the other side, the same mirrors are seen as concaves. The device operates in both cases.
Such inks and varnishes are already available for screen printing, and will be soon for flexography and many other labeling methods .
This patent pending marking combines two very specific different grids, which are printed successively on one another by two successive passes through the office printer, causing unpredictable moiré. Like 3DShiningFlakes devices, each LowResTrack&Trace signature is unique.
However, LowResTrack&Trace devices, as all 2D printed devices, can easily be replicated by HD converters in series so to deceive a smartphone.
This marking is a chaos or allways the same for a series of products or documents. It comprises a minimum of two superimposed layers of ink or varnish, the upper layer being a grid (the same as the one used for ShiningFlakes). It is also protected by our main patent. Two layers can be printed on the front and back sides of a transparent medium or one on top of the other. Moire effects may be obtained in 3D and are much more difficult to reproduce than any device printed in 2D. It is totally impossible to reproduce this type of marking with an inkjet or laser printer.
This 2D marking, which is a chaos or always the same, is printed in HD. Like all markings printed with ink, they are just difficult to reproduce by a counterfeiter not having in hands the original digital document, and impossible to duplicate with an office printer, but an HD converter can of course reproduce them in series so to deceive a smartphone.
The 3D effect of these markings appear immediately to the naked eye, adding an powerful overt feature to the marking.
Popims HD Lenticular offers the same benefits as a hologram, while being cheaper to manufacture since it is simply printed with common flexography techniques, and a considerable progress which is that we can authenticate it very securely with a simple smartphone.
This marking is similar to HDCoded is also protected by our main patent, but the converter also must have the HD capacity and know how to implement the Popims LensPrinter patented technologies to print optical lenses with varnish.
This marking comprises parts with variable frequencies and/or very precise patterns, so that printing operations never always leads to the same result. Contrarily to 3DShiningFlakes, a Varicode marking is just difficult to reproduce, but they can be obtained with most classical 2D printing methods, except inkjet or laser office or industrial printers. The principle is that they degrade when attempting to reproduce them, so that even a smartphone may detect a copy.
This new technology is still under development and patent pending. A nanometric transparent and invisible coating prevents light reflection of a UV or IR radiation. This surface treatment is used to "print" the serial number or any other information on the surface. Nothing is visible to the naked eye or in the usual lighting conditions, but a UV or IR camera enables viewing such a marking when it is receiving a UV or IR radiation.
Popims ClearCode™ has been invented to add a serial number on glasses without disturbing the vision of the user, but can also be used in many occasions on glass or on any glossy surface.
Authenticating a PopimsCode 3D deviceThe PopimsCode application, which will become the worldwide standard for reading all types of barcodes secured or traditional, takes two pictures when the device is 3D, either one with flash and one without flash, or from different viewpoints. It is the difference betaeen these two pictures which gives the value of the code.
The PopimsCode Smartphone Application authenticates all the above described devices, as well as holograms..
A specific camera and UV or IR light is however necessary for reading PopimsClearCode™ markings.
Producing PopimsCode devices
A PopimsCode devices may be affixed directly on:
a product (metal, glass, cloth, plastic or any other material...),
a stamp or a sticker that will be destroyed at the slightest attempt to remove it,
or in the mass of an object (in-mold, i.e. a label which is placed in a mold before injection).
One can also create a Popims 3DShiningFlakes device by applying a spray paint containing shining particles (quite similar to a metallic paint).
3DShiningFlakes devices may also be obtained by burning text or graphics in the mass of a product (metal, leather, plastic, etc.) and pooring in the etched portion a glittery varnish.
Flashing a light on the device will illuminate the particles, thus revealing the unique signature:
Enlisting the codesWith the 3DShiningFlakes, Varicode and LowResTrack&Trace technologies, a picture of each device is shot on the production line, with a standard industrial camera.
This picture is converted into digital data that are very similar to a barcode, comprising the value of the Identifier and of the Signature. When using the 3DShiningFlakes technology, the exact location of the position from which the photography was shot, is also stored. These data are stored into the Authentication Server.
The investment is extremely low, and the process does not significantly changes the production cost of the product or document to be protected.